Windle Trust International is dedicated to increasing access to and improving the quality of education. Reflecting their values they work across the breadth of the education sector from primary schools to the tertiary sector. Their commitment is to work with communities in all their diversity – girls and boys, refugees and citizens, teachers and school management committees.
They have a specific focus on increasing access to education for conflict-affected communities seeking to reach children and young people who have been forced to flee or who have been denied education because of the chronic marginalisation that so often accompanies conflict. Their ability to work in insecure and unpredictable areas is one of their distinctive features.
They are flexible in the way they work and have a breadth of talent to draw on. Where it is the most appropriate option, they are able to work at community level to make sure that projects are on track. At other times, they will operate at a policy level, seeking to shape the broader context or drawing attention to issues that they think are important, but too often neglected. Whatever the project, they will implement it to the best of their ability.
They have a geographical focus on East Africa and the Horn of Africa. With offices in Sudan, South Sudan and the UK, they combine local knowledge and expertise with international contacts and a global perspective. This is especially important in their scholarships programme, where they work in partnership with some of the UK’s outstanding universities to provide opportunities for access to world-class teaching institutions.
WTI challenges poverty and inequality by expanding access to and improving the quality of education and training, and by inspiring and supporting leadership for social justice. Their priority is communities affected by conflict, neglect or discrimination, with a particular emphasis on refugees.
Windle Trust International believes that every child is entitled to a high quality education that will not only extend knowledge and understanding but also inspire independent thought, critical analysis, a sense of responsibility and a commitment to the common good.
High quality education in turn depends on high quality teaching and their approach is to work with all stakeholders to achieve the best practicable educational outcomes. These stakeholders include teachers and head teachers as well as neighbouring communities; teacher training organisations and governments using methods and technologies that are most appropriate to circumstance and context. With the benefit of a high quality education, young girls and boys can become active citizens, role models and, in time, leaders in their community.
They invest in higher education and training through scholarship programmes at universities and colleges in Africa and the UK to develop the knowledge and skills needed by young professionals to positively contribute to development of their communities and countries. Through this investment they aim to build their potential as future leaders in their field of expertise and to be positive role models in their communities.
They are strengthening professional skills and education systems through teacher training and promoting access to and improving the quality of education through English language Training programmes.
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